Finding Refuge from the Fire

The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The Oroville Church of the Nazarene became an emergency shelter for several weeks, operated by the Red Cross and staffed with volunteers from the church. Below are photos of the shelter and personal reflections from one of the church’s staff, Pastor Shane Heldman.

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Imagining a New Future in Sri Lanka

Sujita’s* face beams as the ball drops into the hoop and her team scores again. Running wildly, screaming for the ball, and laughing at fumbled passes and missed shots—you could be forgiven for thinking this playground is like any other in the world. However, this is no ordinary playground.

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Open Heart, Open Home: An Adoption Story

Thy will be done. Four simple words. When God called us to grow our family through adoption, I was nervous but not afraid. When my husband excitedly told me that he found “our children” listed on the Open Hearts and Homes orphan hosting program web page, I was excited. When I shook the mouse for our computer and up popped up a picture of a Latvian sibling group of FOUR, I panicked. 

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Finding Hope after the Hurricane

On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, dumping an estimated eight to ten trillion gallons of rain on the states. The devastation was staggering in some areas, with some towns receiving up to 35 inches of rain. Below are three first-hand accounts of different cleanup efforts initiated by groups of Nazarene volunteers. The writers are three pastors and leaders from North Carolina. 

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An NCM Emergency Relief Rundown

Emergency relief is a vital part of how Nazarene Compassionate Ministries reaches out with the hands and feet of Christ to serve those in need. As those who live in the path of storms brace for impact, we thought it would be helpful to know how NCM coordinates a compassionate response, through our local partners and Nazarene churches. 

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The Power of One

It wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a quick read.  Just one missionary book among several that church members were asked to read during the 2007 church year. But when one of those members, Terry Thomas, turned the final page of “The Power of One” by Rev. Ellen Decker, he realized he couldn’t simply finish his assignment and move on.

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